March 4 - April 3, 2016
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron 'saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military' was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. Photos by Michael Brunk | NWlens.com
Cherisse Martinelli (Eva Peron) is overjoyed to be taking on this iconic character and magnificent score! Recent shows include Pippi in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Stageright), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (SMT), and Annie in Annie Get Your Gun (LST). She is recent grad with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and a Kitsap County native. So grateful for this community and opportunity!
Matthew Lawrence (Che) is very excited to be making his SecondStory Rep onstage debut. He was last seen as Annas and Vittorio Vidal in SMT's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweet Charity. Other Seattle productions include 5th Avenue Theatre: Cinderella, The Music Man, and Hairspray in Concert. Village Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Producers. Most recent, Into The Woods (Cinderellas Prince/Wolf/Lucinda) for Aurora Theatre Company as well as choreographed Kiss of the Spider Woman for SSR. Other favorite credits include PCPA Theatrefest: Les Miserable, Bat Boy (title role) and Midsummer. Utah Festival Opera: Guys and Dolls, and Oregon Cabaret Theatre: What’s Goin On. Thanks to Lance for your love and support.
Brock (Magaldi) is happy to return to SSR as Agustin Magaldi. He appeared in last Summer's The Lion in Winter, as Jon Plantagenet, for which he received the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Local). The Squolf abides.
Christina Masson Ronquillo (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning to the SSR stage after being previously seen in La Cage aux Folles (Cagelle), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Ensemble), Zombie Prom (Ginger), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ensemble). She has performed at SMT & Leavenworth Summer Theater, as well as with the Community Players in Rhode Island. She also stage manages in the Seattle area, most recently for SSR's 2015 installment of A Christmas Carol. Thanks to Alicia, Kim, Tony, Jocelyne, Abigail & The Squolf for their hard work on this incredible show, and love to Dan & Cody!
Claire Schuttler (Ensemble) is excited to be working with SecondStory Rep for her first time. She recently graduated with a BFA in Acting (Azusa Pacific U) and moved back home to Seattle to pursue it. Recent college credits include; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merrily We Roll Along, and Hello, Dolly!. Thanks to all at SSR for this opportunity and to fam and friends for the love.
Rory Eaden (Ensemble) is so happy to be performing for you. He is a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in Musical Theater. Most recently he was seen as the Barbershop Quartet Leader in Book-It Repertory Theater’s Award Winning production of, Slaughterhouse-Five. He has also appeared in: Singin’ in the Rain (Showtunes), The Messiah (The Inverse Opera), Bonnie and Clyde the Musical (Regional Premier – CCA), The Secret Garden and Grand Hotel (The Cornish Playhouse), as well as a number of vocal performances and cabarets around town including: The Columbia Tower Club and even here at SecondStory Rep! Thanks to his friends and family for supporting him - especially Mom and Dad for never, ever missing a show, and the beautiful and talented actress, Jasmine Sim for being his greatest inspiration and love. RoryEaden.weebly.com (because he hasn’t upgraded to a “premium” website domain yet...)
Tristan Carruthers (Ensemble) is incredibly excited to return to SSR having been seen as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2014). Other past projects: Henrik in A Little Night Music (SSR), Marcos in Kiss of the Spider Woman (SSR), Orazio in I Gelosi (STAGEright), and Yonkers in Gypsy (SMT). Thanks to friends and family, and of course the Squolf, for all the love and support!
Kyle James Traver (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining this cast for another production with SecondStory Repertory! Regional credits include: Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (STAGEright Theater), Cinderella's Stepmother in Into the Woods (STAGEright Theater, Gregory Award), Rollie in [BOXED.] (LungFish Productions with SecondStory Repertory), Paul in The Lisbon Traviata (Theatre 22), Simon in Exit, Pursued by a Bear (ArtsWest), Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (SecondStory Repertory). National: Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre and Theatre at the Mount. Film: North by Northwest, CatCow Productions, Chasing Blue Moonlight Productions. NYU: CAP 21 (2004). Kyle would like to thank family and friends for their undying love and support!
Matthew Dela Cruz (Ensemble) is excited to be making his second appearance at SSR in EVITA! A graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City, he is thrilled to be back in his hometown after living in New York City for almost three years. He was last seen in Village Theatre’s Developmental Production of Great Wall (Henry). Other favorite roles include being a Top 7 finalist in Season 14 of Stonewall Sensation (A singing competition which took place at the historic Stonewall Inn in NYC), Bat Boy: the musical (Ron Taylor) & The Bald Soprano (The Fire Chief). Much love to his family & friends for their continued support :) www.mattdelacruz.com.
Britt Hobson (Ensemble) Britt is thrilled to be a part of this production in her SSR debut. She has performed in a variety of shows and films, both in New Mexico and Washington. Favorite past roles include Masha in Taphouse, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Susan in tick, tick, Boom!, Margot in Legally Blonde and Belinda Blair in Noises Off! Thanks to her husband Neil, her parents Teresa and John, and her sister Erin for being the most supportive family a person could hope for.
Nikki Delmarter (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working with SecondStory Repertory again after performing in Cat in the Hat for their Theater for Young Audiences series. Nikki has her BFA in musical theater and is also a teaching artist in the Seattle area. Past roles include Maria and Liesl (Sound of Music) Cinderella (Cinderella) Eponine (Les Miserables) Amy (Little Women) and many more. Nikki has worked at many theaters including Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Couer d'Alene Summer Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and Renton Civic Theatre. Nikki would like to thank her family and friends who continually support her dreams and an abundant amount of love to Nicholas without whom nothing would be possible. Enjoy the show!
Zoe Foster (Children's Chorus) is thrilled to appear in her first SSR production. Past roles include Sarah Crewe (A Little Princess), Gertrude McFuzz (Suessical), and Wendy (Peter Pan) at Studio East, Kirkland. Zoe thanks the cast and crew for welcoming her to SSR. Enjoy the show!
Christian West (Children’s Chorus) is grateful to be returning to the SecondStory Repertory stage after his last performance in A Christmas Carol in 2012! Christian has performed at the 5th Ave Theatre; Benaroya Hall with Showtunes Theater Company; and Centerstage Theater. Christian loves tap dancing, acting, singing, and his parents. J.
Ethan Lech (Children’s Chorus) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after just performing in SSR’s version of A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Turkey Boy. Ethan’s other credits include: Carousel (5th Avenue), A Christmas Carol 2014 (SSR), Peter Pan (Lyric Light Opera), Oliver! (5th Avenue), Twilight Zone Live (Theater Schmeater) and A Christmas Carol 2012 (SSR). Besides acting, Ethan’s passions include singing, dancing and playing flag football. Ethan would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support, especially his sister Savannah. Please enjoy the show!
Nina Romano (Children’s Chorus) This is Nina’s first show with SecondStory Rep and she’s thrilled to be here! Other local theater credits include roles in A Little Princess, Seussical, Once Upon Mattress, Honk and more. She thanks her parents, and this fabulous cast and crew for supporting her. Enjoy the show!!!
Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry
Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy!